Regulation

Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said....
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Automakers asked by House panel about cybersecurity policies

5:21 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

As in-car Wifi and smartphone integration becomes increasingly common, lawmakers want to know how automakers plan to prevent hackers from compromising safety by tapping in through a car's digital connection....
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FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls

2:17 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns....
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Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators....
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Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December....
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House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles....
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European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions....
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Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study....
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Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show

10:41 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs....
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Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall

May 22, 2015 11:04 CET

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata....
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GM to stay under strict U.S. oversight

4:07 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal safety regulators have extended for at least a year a consent order that subjects General Motors to close scrutiny on safety matters, a condition placed on GM in the wake of last year's ignition switch recall....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test....
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Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible....
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Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles....
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130,000 Nissan Versas under investigation for potential coil spring flaw

10:33 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have launched a preliminary evaluation of about 130,000 2008-10 Nissan Versa cars after receiving complaints about fractures in the front suspension coil spring....
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EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group....
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Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles....
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Takata asking to pay for recalls through installments, report says

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Takata asked automakers to allow it to pay for costs related to its recalled airbags by installment and is meeting with its bankers almost every day to ensure it has enough cash flow, an analyst who attended a company briefing told Bloomberg....
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U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies....
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Google, Delphi disclose crashes in self-driving cars

7:17 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four experimental self-driving cars have had fender-benders on California roads since September, when the state first required companies such as Google to hold permits for testing on public roads, according to a new report....
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Death tally linked to GM ignition switch hits 100

11:57 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switch stands at 100, according to the outside attorney handling victims' claims for GM. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg had approved 100 death claims received by his office as of Friday, three more than a week earlier....
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The auto-safety elephant in the room is the driver?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell concludes that an obsession with defects in vehicles undermines efforts to address far more significant causes of highway fatalities. Namely, drivers....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Safetywise, recalls aren't all the same

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

The April 6 editorial, "2 key ideas to fix the recall process could save lives," favors having states notify vehicle owners of outstanding safety recalls. Notification: Yes -- if 50 different vehicle license-renewal processes can be reconfigured. Withhold registration: No....
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